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The Council’s Community Protection Team have been awarded a certificate from the National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team for their dedication and commitment to delivering Friends Against Scams training, making the people of Cambridgeshire more #ScamAware.

Since January this year, 16 sessions have been delivered across the county, resulting in over 150 new ‘friends’ who the Team hope are already using their new knowledge to ‘Take a Stand Against Scams’. These new friends help the NTS Scams Team move closer to their target of one million ‘friends’ by 2020.

As well as Friends Against Scams training, Cambridgeshire County Council are committed to spreading awareness of scams in other ways, particularly within the most vulnerable communities. By working at a local level within Cambridgeshire communities the team encourages people to look out for one another whilst also encouraging them to report suspected scams to Action Fraud - especially as it is believed that only 5-15% of scams are ever reported.

Friday 1 June marked the start of Scams Awareness Month (SAM). This national campaign provides an opportunity to educate the public about scammers and take a stand against the crimes and predatory practices which affect millions of people.

Following the success of last year’s campaign, the aim this year will be to reduce the stigma around scams and encourage people to come forward using the available tools to report them. Each week in June will focus on a different group being targeted by scammers, in order to raise awareness of the methods scammers may use to prey on them. A person defrauded in their own home is 2.5 times more likely to die or go into care within a year.

The Community Protection Team will be running 13 events throughout SAM 2018 in libraries, community centres and local hotspots around Cambridgeshire to equip people with information and tools on how they can spot a scammer’s tricks and keep safe.

Councillor Steve Criswell, Chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Communities and Partnership Committee said, “‘Don’t miss a trick - be scam aware’ is our message to people.

“It can sometimes be hard to tell a scam from a genuine approach, but always remember to take a step back and think about what you’re being asked to do – if you feel uncomfortable or it seems suspicious, then it probably is.

“Scammers are always on the search for their next victim. Make sure you’re ‘ScamAware’ and report the incident if you feel unsure. For more information visit our website to find out how you can keep yourself and loved ones safe.”

Nationally there are over 43,000 Friends Against Scams – could you be one too? Keep an eye on the Council’s social media accounts and look out for the hashtag #ScamAware for videos, tips and information. 

List of summer events:

Date

Time

Venue

Event

Open to

How to attend

6 June

17.00 – 19.30

Sawston Village College

Crime Prevention Event

All age groups

Just turn up

7 June

8pm

Fenstanton Church Centre

Scams Awareness talk

Fenstanton WI members

For members only

12 June

11.00 – 14.00

Manea Village Hall

Golden Age Fair

Over 60s and their friends, families and carers

Just turn up

12 June

14.00 – 15.30

Ely Library

EngAge talk: Cyber Crime

Over 50s

Just turn up

13 June

13.20 – 14.50

Meadowgate School, Wisbech

Friends Against Scams

Meadowgate Squad

For Medowgate School students only

13 June

19.00 – 20.00

Landbeach Village Hall

Scams Awareness talk

Landbeach WI members

For members only

18 June

 

Cambridge Regional College

Friends Against Scams

Students

For Cambridge Regional College students only

21 June

09.30 – 13.00

Ely Library

Scams awareness drop in

All age groups

Just turn up

21 June

14.00 – 16.00

Soham Library

Scams awareness drop in

All age groups

Just turn up

27 June

10.00

Stretham Youth Centre

Scams Awareness Talk

Stretham Over 60s

Just turn up

27 June

10.00 – 12.00

Central Library, Cambridge

Cyber Protect drop in

All age groups

Just turn up

29 June

10.00 – 12.00

Huntingdon Library

Cyber Protect drop in

All age groups

Just turn up

30 June

TBC

Willowbank Retirement Housing

Scams awareness drop in at Garden Party

All age groups

Just turn up


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